make time for a brief encounter

Belper Players' cast and crew for Still Life
Belper Players' cast and crew for Still Life

Belper Players are back in action this week, with a performance of Still Life in the town.

Still Life is the one-act play which writer Noel Coward went on to adapt into the classic film Brief Encounter, that unforgettable story of a doomed love affair.

In the play, all the action takes place in the buffet room at Milford Junction Station. So fittingly, Belper Players have chosen to stage it in a tearoom, which has been created for actors and audience alike.

The group has joined forces with family-run business Reminiscence Vintage to stage this production at Belper Community Centre on Bridge Street, Belper, on Sunday, September 21.

Director Sara Noble-Nesbitt brought the audience close to the action with her production of JB Priestley’s Dangerous Corner in 2012.

She has gone one step further with Still Life, by seating members of the audience at tables next to the space where the story unwinds, complete with tea and cake served by Reminiscence Vintage.

“It’s an exciting venture which we hope will really make the audience feel part of the play,” said Sara.

“The film centres on the relationship between Laura, who is married, and Alec, a doctor. But the play is more even-handed with more focus on the film’s minor characters and their relationships, especially Myrtle, the manager of the refreshment room, and Albert the ticket inspector. We’re performing the play on one day only – Sunday, September 21 – at 3pm and 6.30pm – so you could say it really is a brief encounter!”

Tickets cost £12.50 and include a cream tea and cake provided by Reminiscence Vintage. They are available from 01335 370827, 07582 416610, or via

Based in Belper, Reminiscence Vintage specialises in recreating the atmosphere of a bygone age, providing afternoon teas and bespoke events.